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Cartesian 3-D Printer

This example models a Cartesian 3-D printer. The model allows you to specify the rotational motion of the motor on each axis to define a printing path. In this example, the printing head moves along the edges of two letters, S and M, using the predefined rotational motions.

The printer has three linear actuators that drive the motion of the printing head along x-, y-, and z-directions. These actuators are modeled by the Lead Screw Joint blocks. The lead screw joints convert the rotational inputs to translational motions.



The 3-D printer has three degrees of freedom and consists of five subsystems: the printing bed, printer base assembly, gantry assembly, sliding block assembly, and printing head assembly. The prismatic and lead screw joints constrain the subsystems and permit movements along x-, y-, and z- axes.

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Simulation Results

This plot shows the x-, y-, and z-positions of the printing head during the printing.

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